Nikon Coolpix S4 6MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
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- 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
- 10x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
- Face Priority Autofocus and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, plus On-Screen Help menu and D-Lighting
- 16 scene modes; macro setting focuses as close as 2.5 inches from subject
- Powered by 2 AA-size batteries; stores images on SD cards
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.3 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||110,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card, Internal|
|Flash Modes Description|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.72 x 1.46 x 4.41 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||6 cm|
|Maximum Focal Length||380 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,816|
|Minimum Focal Length||38 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||2 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA NiMH (2) batteries & charger (supplied)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 15 fps, 320 x 240, 15 fps, 160 x 120, 15 fps|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
CL) NIKON COOLPIX S4 DIGITAL CAMERA
From the Manufacturer
Nikon's Coolpix S4 combines 6.0 effective megapixels and an amazing 10x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens for stunning 14 x 19-inch prints. The versatile swivel design fits in a pocket! An incredible, bright 2.5 inch LCD makes for easy image composition and playback. Nikon's Exclusive Feature System includes Face-Priority Autofocus for great portraits, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix to automatically fix red-eye, and D-Lighting to lighten overly dark images, and 16 Scene Modes to set the camera for great pictures in situations like panoramas. New On-Screen Help eliminates the guesswork by providing explanations for all main menu functions. The Coolpix S4 gets you closer to the action!
10x Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens (35mm equivalent: 38-380mm)
Made with world-renowned Nikkor optics, the lens features 12 elements in 9 groups and incorporates 2 aspherical elements, allowing for a lightweight, compact lens design.
Excellent image quality. Capture a broad range of pictures, from wide angle to a long telephoto to extreme close-ups, all in a camera that will fit into your pocket.
Incredible, Bright 2.5-Inch LCD
Frame and review your images with the big, 2.5-inch LCD.
The Coolpix S4 includes an in-camera help feature that explains the function of specific menu items. In-Camera "instant tutor" helps the user better understand different features of the camera.
Selectable GUI (Graphical User Interface)
The user can select how they want to see the menu options on the camera's LCD. Choose the traditional Menu Item View or the all new Icon View.
Selecting Icon View displays all the menu options on one screen; no scrolling through a list of menu options. Menu Item View displays complete name of each feature.
Turn on gridlines (composition lines) that are displayed on the camera's LCD; aids in framing the shot.
Helps user ensure horizon lines are level and architecture is perfectly vertical, resulting in better pictures.
Versatile Swivel Design
The slim, compact design adds a surprising twist by integrating its 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens into a unique swivel design The swivel design allows for unique and effortless camera angles.
Two AA alkaline batteries included
Convenient and readily available power source. AA batteries are carried at most stores, worldwide. Get approximately 160 shots with alkaline batteries, or 290 shots with optional Coolpix rechargeable AA batteries, or 450 shots with lithium batteries. You will never be without power with an extra set of AAs on hand. With Coolpix rechargeable batteries you will always be ready to shoot.
13.5 MB Internal Memory
SD Slot for optional memory card
No memory card is required for taking pictures. Images can be copied between internal memory and SD cards.
Cameras can be demonstrated without a memory card. Camera is ready to go right out of the box! Plus, users can continue to take pictures when memory card is full.
Accepts SD Memory Cards
Compatible with any size Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card. You'll have a wide range of SD card sizes available for use in the Coolpix S4.
TTL White Balance with 5 Mode
Manual or Preset
Incandescent, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, and Speedlight
Select Automatic White Balance, choose one of 5 manual settings, or Preset to a white or gray card. Always get an accurate color balance, regardless of lighting conditions.
Shutter Speed Range
2 seconds to 1/1000 second
Capture a wide range of exposures from low light (using slow shutter speeds) to action (using faster shutter speeds to freeze movement). Maintain creative control over your images with a wide range of shutter speeds--take long exposures or catch the action--it's your choice!
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
Increase or decrease exposure when using Automatic mode. Ensures you get the exposure you want, giving you great pictures every time.
3-Mode TTL Metering System
256-Segment Matrix linked to AF area
Center Weighted and Spot AF in select Scene Modes
Nikon's exclusive 256-Segment Matrix Metering creates incredible exposures. Select Scene Modes use Center Weight or Spot AF metering for additional control over the exposure. Properly exposed images are achieved automatically.
16 Scene Modes
4 with Scene Assist (first four listed)
Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Beach/Snow, Close-up, Copy, Backlit, Sunset, Party/Indoor, Night Landscape, Dawn/Dusk, Museum, Fireworks, Panorama, Voice Recording
Automatically sets the camera for optimum performance in most popular picture-taking situations. Scene Assist is available in 4 popular Scene Modes (portrait, night portrait, landscape, sports); these offer additional assistance for framing, focus and exposure. The Coolpix S4 makes taking great photographs easy. The sleek, sexy design is comfortable and cool. The controls are well marked, making it easy to access all the timesaving functions. The Voice Recording Mode will record up to 5 hours of audio (on a 256MB card).
Take incredibly sharp macro images as close as 2.5 inches using Close-up Scene Mode with the built-in Zoom-Nikkor lens--no attachments necessary!
Movie Mode with Audio
15 frames per second
Movie size is user selectable (TV 640x480; Small 320x240; Smaller 160x120). Movie length is determined by the amount of memory available. Your camera operates as a digital video camera to record a movie with sound. File is saved in QuickTime format, which makes it easy to share with others.
Noise Reduction Mode
In Dawn/Dusk and Night Landscape Modes Noise is minimized when using either the Dawn/Dusk or Night Landscape Scene Modes Capture clear, sharp images, even with long shutter speeds.
5 Mode Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash Cancel, Slow Sync, Anytime Flash, Red-Eye Reduction There is an appropriate flash mode for almost any lighting situation. Get the shot you want with the light you need.
Autofocus Face-Priority AF
Contrast detect Autofocus system. Face-Priority AF can be activated in Portrait Scene Mode and will set focus on the face when taking a picture of a human subject. Incredibly sharp images from close up to infinity. Face-Priority AF will assist in getting sharp, incredible portraits of people.
AF Assist Lamp
Provides extra light when focusing in low light situations. Enables sharp focus even when the subject is not well lit.
Automatic compensation for insufficient flash or excessive backlight. User selectable in image playback mode; saves a copy of the picture with the correction made without affecting the original image. Incredible versatility for the end user. Enables them to adjust images taken in a low light situation when the flash is not strong enough, or when harsh back light causes underexposed foreground detail--all done incamera (no computer).
Nikon's Exclusive In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
When the flash is set for red-eye reduction, the camera automatically removes most instances of redeye from the subject(s) before writing the image to the memory card.
Instances of red-eye are removed while the picture is being taken. Produces excellent pictures with no redeye! No extra steps necessary--just download and print!
Best Shot Selector (BSS)
Press and hold the shutter release; the camera will take a series of images, saving the one with the sharpest focus.
Ensures sharp focus when shooting in situations where a slow shutter speed could result in motion blur.
Five Color Options
Standard Color, Vivid Color, Black and White, Cyanotype, Sepia Get creative by selecting one of 5 color options. Choose the mode that best suits the output: standard color for beautiful prints; vivid color for e-mail/internet; black and white for dramatic shots; and sepia or cyanotype for brown or blue tones.
Create old style photos with the sepia option, or imitate an Ansel Adams shot with the black & white option. The only limit is your imagination!
Prints indicate the date and time the picture was taken. A great archiving tool for those who need to know when an image was taken.
Connect the Coolpix S4 to a PictBridge compatible printer and print images stored on the camera, either in internal memory or on the SD memory card. Print images directly from the camera; no computer required!
Easily upload images from the camera to the computer via the included COOLSTATION dock at the press of a single button. Makes moving images from the camera to the computer fast and easy.
View images stored in internal memory or on inserted SD card at the press of a single button. Zoom in to see a detail view of the image.Zooming in allows you to check details in the image--for example, to see whether everyone's eyes are open.
Voice Memo Function (in playback)
Record vital information regarding the image that was shot. Camera will record up to 20 seconds per image. This is a quick method for recording important shooting data or special information about an image.
Use zoom and 4 position rocker buttons to select part of a picture; camera saves this as a new image without changing the original picture.
Uses standard camera controls to trim an image to create a new image that is part of the original image.
Full Featured Bundled Software Nikon: PictureProject
Arcsoft: Panorama Maker
The bundled software will enable the user to set up a complete digital darkroom without having to purchase additional and costly image editing software packages.
This easy-to-use image editing software allows the user to easily edit, e-mail, and print images.
With Nikon PictureProject software
Select image(s) to send and click the Mail button. Choose to send pictures as individual prints or a single index print and select image size from the drop down menu. It's that easy!
Small files are best for e-mailing, and PictureProject makes it easy to select and send small images, regardless of the size of the original image. Clicking the Send button opens a new e-mail with the pictures already attached. All you need to do is address the e-mail and add a message!
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I recently bought the Canon SD550 to replace this Nikon S4. The SD550 was the camera I was considering originally when I bought the S4 based on the 10x optical. Obviously with the SD550 I'm giving up a lot of zoom (it only has 3x) but I decided that the quality of the pictures was more important than the ability to zoom to that degree. The SD550 is really small which is important because I'm always taking pictures on the go with my kids (skiing, soccer, hikes, etc). I wish there was one camera that had it all (7+ MP, 5x Optical, small, great quality pictures, good features...). So far it appears that the SD550 may be closest to meeting those requirements.
It takes high-quality pictures, good for 16X20 prints without showing any pixelation, and accurately shows color as it was when I took the picture. The LCD works fine, in my opinion. No problems from dark, poorly lit rooms to bright Texas sunshine. Plus, I love the ability to swivel the lens. It makes it VERY easy, in my opinion to take pictures from alot of different angles while keeping the camera level, or putting the LCD where you can see it easily. Five stars, no doubt. I'd recommend to anyone.
The zoom is very very good but it lacks some sort of stabilization so it is difficult to have nice pics in its full range.
My nighthots were just so so i had to try differents type of pics and in the night portrait or backlight they were better but not fantastic.
The day shoots were very good with nice colors most part of them.
The screen is nice and big altought sometimes very difficult to see in daylight conditions. The lens are nice and the ability to change the angle is a nice feature if the camera, it can improve your screen vision with different angles of the lens. It is a nice camera in my opinion with good pics quality specially in day shots.
The batery I used was alkaline type and I took about 150 pics with a set of 2 batteries so if you are like me will need at least 2 pairs per day.
Maybe with lition or recharble batteries the battery life is improved.
The camera is not heavy at all and has a nice handling.